Psalms Reading – 5.10.2022

Rev. Doug Heiman   -  

Psalm 140

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;
protect me from the violent,
who devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent,
who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
they have spread out the cords of their net
and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them;
may they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
may disaster hunt down the violent.

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
and the upright will live in your presence.

David prays to be rescued from his enemies. He identifies these evildoers with many names and descriptions: violent, devise evil plans, stir up war, poison of vipers is on their lips, wicked, devise ways to trip others, arrogant, set a snare, wicked, proudly rear their heads, and slanderers.

David often faced severe opposition from those who were as evil as evil can be. David clearly asked God to save him from them and asked that for retributive justice so they would be punished in the same manner in which they had inflicted evil upon others. 

Through this psalm, David declares his ultimate hope is in God. In verse 6, he says, “You are my God.” The emphasis is on “my.” He has a living relationship with God. In verse 12, he is confident that God works justice for the poor and looks out for those in need. His ultimate hope is that those who belong to the Lord will praise Him and live in His presence. This is the eternal promise of Scripture. God is with us, and we are with Him. The Son of God’s first coming and promised return to establish the new heaven and earth put an exclamation mark upon this declaration of faith.    

Memory Verse: Psalm 139:5, You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Question(s) to Consider: What is your ultimate hope? What are you staking your life on?